Secret Garden Cafe – 64 Angelo St South Perth
Breakfast served all day from 7.30am
Licensed for BYO
After a suggestion to go here from one of my readers, my sister and I thought we’d check it out. The Secret Garden looks like an ordinary cafe/lunch bar from the front but out the back there is seating amongst beautiful lush gardens made of hanging vines and trees. But guess what? My sister and I didn’t know it was around the back and we sat at the side of the cafe! I am devastated we missed sitting out there to have our breakfast. We only found out it was like that out the back after one of the waitresses came out and told us to make sure we went around there for a look.
The first thing I noticed about the menu was that the meals were mainly “egg” based with a couple of omelette selections and eggs benedict and norwegian etc. There was muesli, toast and fruit salad but no pancakes! Not that I would normally notice one item missing off the menu but both my sister and I were craving them for some reason. The prices are very reasonable at Secret Garden, with most meals costing around $15. The prices range from $5.90 for toast up to $18 for a big breakfast which has all the usual fare of toast, eggs, bacon, sausages, hashbrowns and tomato. The menu offers heaps of extras to bulk your meals up with as well. There is also a good selection of drinks at Secret Garden. They make make freshly squeezed juices – right from the fruit based ones to those scary “detox” type juices of celery, ginger or carrot.
As always, I was hanging for a drink of milk so I ordered a vanilla milkshake, cappuccino and decided on the bacon and eggs (scrambled) with hashbrowns to eat. I saw a stuffed mushroom on the menu that looked delicious but I thought back to my Left Bank experience and changed my mind. My sister ordered the ham, cheese, onion, mushroom and tomato omelette with a latte and fresh OJ. The drinks came out really quickly and looking at the OJ, it as obvious it was very fresh – just out of the juicer!
The coffee’s were steaming hot. I would say almost too hot. I love my cappuccino’s hotter than most but this was like the milk was still boiling when I put my lips to the mug. OUCH! My sister also agreed that her latte was too hot. The coffees were quite creamy in texture but the taste was a bit on the bitter side. Both of us didn’t finish our coffees, I instead gulped my yummy milkshake down!
Our meals did not take that long either. Presentation is nothing to rave about – big meals on big plates. But it seems to go with the feel of this place and I thought it was cute seeing a slice of orange on lettuce as garnish. The orange was a nice palate refresher after the meal! My sister said her omelette was tasty but a bit on the greasy side. The use of the red onion is not something we have seen often but it was a nice addition.
My meal was a fairly simple meal but the scrambled eggs were well over cooked. I covered them with tomato sauce and made the best of it. The bacon was cooked nicely though and I am fairly sure they had soaked the fat off on paper towel or something as it didn’t seem as greasy as bacon usually is? One thing that was done differently is that both meals came with toast but it was presented in a separate basket rather than on the plate. I didn’t mind this but it turned out that neither my sister or I even touched the toast. Not necessarily a bad thing although I hate wasting food.
The service at Secret Garden was sweet and friendly. There is garden centre next door and the whole time the wait staff are saying hello to the garden staff and vice versa and everyone seemed relaxed and happy. Our meals and drinks came out quickly and service was always with a smile. I have heard that Secret Garden does an amazing Moussaka for lunch so maybe I will have to go back there and try it. I also must mention the lovely selection of cakes they had on display! I would love to go back and try a slice or three.
So if you venture to Secret Garden Cafe make sure you walk all the way around the back to fully enjoy the beautiful seating this place has to offer! Also this is another place offering an all day breakfast – so sleep in after a big night and take your time to head down there for the most important meal of the day!